“I believed in my heart that one day I would win,” said a 43-year-old Anne Arundel County woman when she claimed her $150,012 Powerball prize this week. Her lucky numbers gave her the big win in the Sept. 15 drawing.
“I’ve been playing my birthday, my sibling’s birthday and my mom’s birthday since earlier this year,” said the happy Glen Burnie resident.
The jackpot chaser usually purchases Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Tuesdays and Fridays but didn’t do so on Friday, Sept. 14. Instead, she bought a Powerball ticket on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The nurse manager didn’t see the drawing that night but checked her tickets the following Tuesday as she always does when it’s time to purchase new jackpot games. She couldn’t believe it when she finally realized the true amount of her prize.
“I thought it was $150,” said the winner. “But, when I looked at the monitor and saw a comma, I just drew a blank.” The lucky lady said she then began to sob “tears of joy” and “could not stop shaking.”
The incredible reality was that she matched four white balls and the Powerball giving her a $50,000 win. She also played the Power Play multiplier feature, which was a three for that drawing and tripled her win. The fortunate player also matched one number and the Powerball on another line for a total prize of $150,012.
The mother of one didn’t want to bring extra attention to herself in the store so she left and went home. Since her winning numbers were family birthdays, she immediately shared news of her good fortune with her mother and siblings.
The winner plans to donate some of the prize to her church and use a portion to purchase a small piece of property. She found her small fortune at 7-Eleven #23439 located at 7701 Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie.
Her lucky drawing generated two other third-tier winners in Maryland. A second person, nicknamed Roque II, also added the Power Play option for a $150,000 prize. The third player has not yet claimed a prize for the ticket bought at Luxe Liquors in Laurel. The Powerball jackpot has continued to roll and is set for $193 million for the Wednesday, Sept. 26 drawing. The cash option is $112.9 million.